KLR650 Performance Numbers...

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  1. Gimpdiggity

    Gimpdiggity Adventurer

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    Alright everyone, I've searched and looked for a while now, and I'm not finding exactly what I'm looking for.

    Does anyone know, or know where I can find, the performance numbers for the KLR650.

    Things like horsepower, torque, quarter mile times, 0-60 times, wet weight, dry weight...basically just all the "numbers" that anyone would ever want to know about a bike.

    I'm trying to compare it to some other things that I am looking at, but I'm not having alot of luck, ESPECIALLY with the performance things like acceleration, power, top end, and braking and such.


    Thanks,
    Jeff
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  2. Kbetts

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    The KLR is not quantifiable by numbers. The uniqueness of it's frame configuation, it's torquey but reliable motor, and it's compliant but high load suspension combine to make the whole greater than the sum of it's parts as the old saying goes.

    The best I have available..



    The weight is 336 dry, about 370 wet.

    0-60 is about 5.4 sec corrected, quarter mile will be in the 15's, top speed is must over 100mph but it takes forever to get there. Horsepower at the rear wheel is around 35 stock at 5000, 38 tuned at 6000. Torque is 35ish at 4000

    from Bikez.com

    <table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="580"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Model:</td><td>Kawasaki KLR 650</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Year:</td><td>2005</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Category:</td><td>Enduro / offroad</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rating:</td><td>78.3 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Engine and transmission</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Displacement:</td><td>651.00 ccm (39.72 cubic inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Engine type:</td><td>Single cylinder</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Stroke:</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Compression:</td><td>9.5:1</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Bore x stroke:</td><td>100.0 x 83.0 mm (3.9 x 3.3 inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Fuel system:</td><td>Carburettor. Keihin CVK40</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Fuel control:</td><td>DOHC</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Ignition:</td><td>Electronic CDI</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Cooling system:</td><td>Liquid</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Gearbox:</td><td>5-speed</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">More details</td><td>Consult a Kawasaki repair manual.</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Physical measures</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Dry weight:</td><td>152.9 kg (337.0 pounds)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Seat height:</td><td>889 mm (35.0 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Overall height:</td><td>1,346 mm (53.0 inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Overall width:</td><td>940 mm (37.0 inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Ground clearance:</td><td>239 mm (9.4 inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Wheelbase:</td><td>1,496 mm (58.9 inches)</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Chassis and dimensions</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Frame type:</td><td>Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rake (fork angle):</td><td>28.0°</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Front suspension:</td><td>38mm leading axle, air-adjustable fork</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rear suspension:</td><td>UNI-TRAK® single-shock system</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Front tyre dimensions:</td><td>90/90-21 </td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rear tyre dimensions:</td><td>130/80-17 </td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Front brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rear brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Speed and acceleration</th></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Other specifications</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Fuel capacity:</td><td>23.08 litres (6.10 gallons)</td></tr></tbody></table>
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  3. Lizrdbrth

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  4. crazybrit

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    Acceleration: poor
    Top End: poor
    Braking: holy jesus, where is the underwear store.

    Fortunately you can mostly solve the last one.
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  5. elgreen

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    They don't exist as such, because "performance" and "KLR" don't go together in the same sentence.

    A stock KLR puts 34-36 horsepower out the rear wheel. Wet weight is a tad under 400 pounds. Quarter mile times are... uhm, it gets there. 0-60 times are... uhm, it gets there fast enough, that's all I know or care about.

    Let's face it, with 34 horsepower, you just aren't going anywhere fast.

    As far as competitors go, the Suzuki DR650 has the same power, but is about 40 pounds lighter wet weight. The BMW F650GS is about 50 pounds heavier wet weight, but has about 44 rear-wheel horsepower (a significant improvement). I have never even looked at KTM and etc. because they traditionally have been barely street legal dirt bikes and I haven't had a need for a dirt bike, living as I do in the middle of a metropolitan area of 5,000,000 people where the chances of dirt erupting through the middle of the intersection of El Camino Real and Castro Street is, uhm, nil.

    If you need a KLR, there is nothing to compare it to, except perhaps the DR650. At that point physical size becomes the issue -- the DR650 looks like a toy alongside the KLR650, which is why security-sized folks like the KLR650, while runts tend to migrate towards the DR650.
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  6. crazybrit

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    The KTM LC4 640enduro is a fine dual-purpose bike. I wouldn't describe it as a barely legal dirt bike. It reminds me of a more fun more powerful DR650 (well, once well-broken-in so the vibes are tamed). The DR650 is an excellent bike, much better than the KLR. I owned a heavily modified KLR for several years. Utterly unimpressive motorcycle. I sold it and bought a KTM 625 SXC.
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  7. Speaker

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    Funny, I sold my DR650 to buy a KTM 620 SX.
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  8. Royal Tiger

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    Kbetts, can you find the "numbers" for my KLX650? Thanks.
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  9. Kbetts

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    Sorry, couldnt find them available online. There is a reprint service available for little that will give you all the articles on the model at.......

    http://www.mcreports.com/Pages/Indivbikes/Kawasaki/KLX650.html

    Data shows the HP/kg for a KLR at .25 , 93 KLX at .331, 95 KLX at .294. Compare with the KTM LDC4 Adv at .3182 which makes better power at the top end. There are lots of other factors, but hp/weight seems to be the closest in my experience. Any way you look at it, the KLX is a fast bike.

    I did find some info that made the magazine test numbers worthless because the performance will be much better after the modification that the magazine 0-60 and quarter mile times wouldn't reflect the bike....
    http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/rick/dntask0599.html
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    Bikez has the following:

    <table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="580"><tbody><tr><th colspan="2">General information</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Model:</td><td>Kawasaki KLX 650</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Year:</td><td>1993</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rating:</td><td>79.4 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Engine and transmission</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Displacement:</td><td>651.00 ccm (39.72 cubic inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Engine type:</td><td>Single cylinder</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Stroke:</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Power:</td><td>48.00 HP (35.0 kW)) @ 6500 RPM</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Torque:</td><td>51.98 Nm (5.3 kgf-m or 38.3 ft.lbs) @ 5000 RPM</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Valves per cylinder:</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Gearbox:</td><td>5-speed</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">More details</td><td>Consult a Kawasaki repair manual.</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Physical measures</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Dry weight:</td><td>145.0 kg (319.7 pounds)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Seat height:</td><td>885 mm (34.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Chassis and dimensions</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Front brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rear brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Speed and acceleration</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Power/weight ratio:</td><td>0.3310 HP/kg</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Other specifications</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Fuel capacity:</td><td>12.00 litres (3.17 gallons)</td></tr></tbody></table>













































    Numbers are different for the 95 (because of the R model ???)




    <table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="580"><tbody><tr><th colspan="2">General information</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Model:</td><td>Kawasaki KLX 650</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Year:</td><td>1995</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Category:</td><td>Enduro / offroad</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rating:</td><td>72.7 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Engine and transmission</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Displacement:</td><td>651.00 ccm (39.72 cubic inches)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Engine type:</td><td>Single cylinder</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Stroke:</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Power:</td><td>45.00 HP (32.8 kW)) @ 6500 RPM</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Torque:</td><td>52.00 Nm (5.3 kgf-m or 38.4 ft.lbs) @ 5000 RPM</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Valves per cylinder:</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Gearbox:</td><td>5-speed</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Transmission type
    final drive:
    </td><td>Chain</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">More details</td><td>Consult a Kawasaki repair manual.</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Physical measures</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Dry weight:</td><td>153.0 kg (337.3 pounds)</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Seat height:</td><td>885 mm (34.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Chassis and dimensions</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Front brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Rear brakes:</td><td>Single disc</td></tr><tr><th colspan="2">Speed and acceleration</th></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="25%">Power/weight ratio:</td><td>0.2941 HP/kg</td></tr></tbody></table>
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  10. Hannda

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    Run a search in KLR Stories. Some of the information you seek has been posted there - top speed per gear, results of dyno tests, etc.
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  11. Royal Tiger

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    When I bought mine, the PO said it was around 55 or so as it has a stage 2 Mikuni on it and a supertrap. I wasn't sure when I saw the KLR at 35. Thank you.
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  12. nashopolis

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    I don't have it handy, but MC consumer news did a KLR review a month or two ago ....it had all the numbers you seeks...

    I'll look and see what issue it was tonite
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  13. swjohnsey

    swjohnsey Banned

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    Some of the figures posted aren't very accurate. Weight of a stock KLR650 with full fuel is around 415 lbs. A stock KLR650 will probably never see 100 mph unless it is down hill and with the wind because of the gearing.
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  14. elgreen

    elgreen Crotchety Contrarian

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    ??? Where do you get this? I know a guy who has a full tricked out KLR with all the heavy engine guards and stuff, who works at a commercial trucking company. He put his bike on the scale with a full tank and it weighed 405 pounds. I'd suspect that without the 10 pounds of guards and stuff it'd be around 395 pounds. Hmm, maybe he took the stock muffler off and replaced it with an aftermarket muffler, that'd be 10 pounds right there :-).

    -E
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  15. ADVMax

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    Simplest explination - it's a 650cc, twin cam, 4 valve Briggs and Stratton!:lol3
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  16. Kraftsman 73

    Kraftsman 73 Been here awhile

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    Check out this site for dyno numbers and the results of modifications. I like how the "Patman" also includes air-fuel ratios. Good real world information, not some advertising hype.
    http://www.patmanracing.com/klrdyno.htm

    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>After reading this article, I would be interested in information on the 685cc big bore kit. Also, why is the KLR so underpowered compared to for example the Honda XR650R? The Honda uncorked puts out so much power and with a little bit of modification becomes a Baja 1000 winner (as long as your initials are either JC or SH). Both bikes are 650cc, 4 stroke, 100mm bore x 83mm stroke. Honda's compression is 10:1 and the KLR is 9.5:1. I know the numbers tell only part of the story. Can someone tell me the rest of the story? </o:p>
    <o:p>TIA,</o:p>
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  17. swjohnsey

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    I weighed it on a certified scale. It actually weighted 414 pounds full of fuel completely stock.
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  18. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    That's just not true. I had mine a 100 (GPS) on a straight and level road. Yes, it took a long time to climp from 80 to 100 but it did make it.:clap
    That being said, who goes and gets a KLR to race around at 100mph? I got mine because I sit on a skock DRZ and sink it like a KLR250. Currently I'm running a 13 tooth front and recently had my bike at 90MPH / 7000rpm. Oh, and I'm 6'4" and 280lbs+. For the price it is the best Dual Sport I've seen, if you got something better for under $6000 please clue me in, I havn't found it.:D
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  19. cmack

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    My KLR has tickled 100 mph actual with stock gearing (about 107 indicated), but I have no need or desire to go that fast on the KLR, especially on a regular basis... It's a dual sport, and my bike spends almost as much time offroad as on, so most of the time it has a lower countersprocket on it and knobbies.

    The bottom line is that the KLR is not a go fast bike, nor are any of the 650 class dual sports without pretty serious modification and compromise. I did the pennytech airbox/carb mods to get snappier throttle response and it DRASTICALLY helps the sluggish stock feel, but I doubt they net you more than a few HP overall. I think some of you are too obsessed with numbers. It doesn't take a commercial scale for me to tell that it's a pretty heavy bike, and I have yet to see someone who could max out the KLR's power off-road. Either learn to live with the compromises, or look elsewhere. I've ridden the competition, and when the days get long, I'd much rather be on the KLR. It does very well in about 90% of the riding situations you will encounter, and the other 10% I think are as much rider error as they are the fault of the bike.
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